Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Famille - Paris

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Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre,
Romy 8 years old

The threesome who welcome us this afternoon are as joyous as the apartment they call home! Laura Isaaz is a journalist. Her companion Sylvain Ventre, very engaging, is a former top sportsman. For this lady in her early thirties, sharing quality time as a family has not always been this easy. This change, which considerably affects her daily life, is also a change of professional status. From being an editor of a major women’s magazine, Laura took the decision to go freelance. Her conscience urged her to move. To be free again, in her words and in her movement! Following her daughter Romy, now eight years old, a second “baby” was soon on the scene, with a name also composed of four letters: Maag. An incisive online window where every Wednesday one can follow her thoughts and moods, recounted honestly but with great humour on a theme chosen either by herself or by one of her (many) readers. A format that works and which enables her to meet lots of different people. Including us! So we’ve come full circle. Our meeting was refreshing, coming just a few days before the start of Spring… We are struck by the giant ocean displayed on the walls in the equivocal photos taken by Bastien Bonarme, a friend of the couple. They remind us what an important place South-West France holds in the life of the solar Isaaz family. We may perhaps find them in Biarritz in a few years’ time? Who knows. One of the important ladies in Laura’s life, her Mum, is bound to advise her… to follow her heart. In the meantime here we are in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, all ready to discover a generous open space where wood sets the tone. A sort of fisherman’s hut right next to the city, where you can imagine being as one with the elements during long evenings spent putting the world to rights with friends. In this gentle sophisticated world of colours and of interesting objects, Laura, Sylvain and Romy seem to have found their rhythm. A happy melody of life that we were lucky enough to share with them for a few hours.

Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old

Laura, can you introduce yourself, please?

Laura

When my daughter Romy was born, I went back to fashion school. I became passionate about writing at around the same time. I landed an internship at ELLE and stayed there for six years in the end. Last year I decided to go freelance. Nowadays I write for Grazia, and for my own blog, Maag, but for particular brands too.

How did writing find its way into your life?

Laura

I’m not necessarily very comfortable with the spoken word, I’m working on it, but it has often put me in uncomfortable situations. I’ve had been quite reserved ever since I was a child and writing has always been the perfect way for me to communicate. I find it calming but it’s also a way to express my emotions. Sometimes with humour, sometimes less so.

Why did you choose to become a freelance writer after several years working in editorial offices?

Laura

I’m very happy to have had this experience with ELLE. It’s probably what all young writers who want to specialise in the world of women’s journalism dream about. Only, after several years, I felt the need to regain some kind of freedom. Both in the management of my days and from an editorial point of view. I was lucky enough to be raised by a mother who always followed her instincts, and it helped me to do what I thought was right for me.

Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old

Tell us about Maag, your latest project.

Laura

Maag is an editorial blog. It’s the repository of everything that touches me, makes me laugh, annoys me, upsets me, and everything I rebel against too. I created it so that I could say what I wanted, as I wanted. I don’t mince my words, I don’t spare many people (not even myself), but above all I get quite a lot of irony into it. What really makes me happy is to see it being enjoyed.

At home, which is the room where you most like to be (alone, or with your family)?

Laura

Without hesitation, the living room. We really wanted an apartment with a large living room, a dining room and especially an open kitchen. This is where we spend most of our time. We love entertaining and spending time at home, we don’t go out much at all.

We notice some references to your native region, the South-West and especially to its ocean… what do you like to be surrounded by in your decoration at home?

Laura

I live in Paris for work, so does my partner, but if we could, we’d have already moved to live by the sea. In the Basque country or in the Landes. So we console ourselves by hanging photos of the ocean taken by our friend Bastien Bonnarme on our walls in Paris. I feel good in spacious, light-filled, spaces, which is also why we chose this apartment. It’s still bright, even on rainy days.

Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old

How did you furnish and decorate it?

Laura

It’s a real mix. There’s some recent furniture, but I also thoroughly enjoy hunting for bargains, so most of the vases and knick-knacks I found at flea markets. Some of the furniture too. I completely restored and repaited my china cabinet in the dining room and the console table in the bedroom, for example.

You live in the 11th arrondissement, can you give us some addresses from your ideal neighbourhood guide?

Laura

I love having dinner at Double Dragon, Le Dauphin, Kushikatsu Bon or Le Servan. For a drink I like La Buvette, Chez Lui or Les Niçois. For a good plant-milk latte and a piece of cake there is Yumi, le Passager and Beans on Fire. And don’t forget the Atelier des Lumières, the first digital museum in Paris, that’s a must-see.

Where are we likely to encounter you this year?

Laura

I’m currently working on some new writing projects, I hope you’ll find out more soon. That will mean I’ve been successful!

Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old
Laura Isaaz and Sylvain Ventre, <br>Romy 8 years old

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